Friday, January 29, 2010

Nursery Update

So excited, the nursery is looking so cute. We just have a few things to finish. I think we should add a few things above the boy's crib but Gabe thinks it would be too much?? The framed pics are actually cards I received at my showers, some of them were so cute I couldn't throw them out.

Also, we have decided on names, but we're keeping it a secret until they arrive:)


I receive a call this morning, before 8 am!! It was my Dr's office calling to cancel my appt today because the dr is sick. I have a very long list a questions before I make a final decision on what type of birth I want. The other dr isn't in either, she's delivering babies all day. Now, I have to wait until Tuesday which pisses me off a little.

My Rx for stopping the contractions ends today so I'm not looking forward to having contractions keep me up all night. I really want the twins to stay put as long as possible, but, I'm really done with this whole pregnancy thing. I'm tired of weekly trips to the hospital, not being able to sleep because I'm so huge I cannot get comfortable, constant heart burn that does not go away for the life of me, and all of the other wonderful parts of pregnancy. Besides, I'm totally anxious to see what these kids are going to look like. I keep imagining them, and having dreams but their faces are never clear. At least one of them is going to have hair, a couple weeks ago, the ultrasound tech showed us the hair on one of their heads, but I can't remember which one.

We had an ultrasound yesterday and the fluid levels were the same, I think, but I won't know for sure until Tuesday! They didn't check their size either, that will have to wait until next week:( I swear this ultrasound place just likes taking my money every week. They never want to do everything at once, they have to break it up into different visits. Now, I'm supposed to schedule 2 Non-Stress Tests a week at their office.  I was going to wait until talking to my dr, but again I don't see her until Tuesday so I think I"ll just schedule one for now.

We have made a lot of progress on the nursery, and I'm hoping to have it completely done by tomorrow so I can post pictures!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

34 Weeks

I'm still not sleeping great during the night and maybe its because I'm not sleeping at night but for the past few days I could probably sleep ALL day if I let myself. I've never been the kind of person who could 'nap' during the day. Not any more, I have to force myself out of bed, so I can get some food in my system. I've also stopped gaining weight and I actually lost a few lbs since yesterday. According to the book, these two factors could mean the babies are very close to coming. YIKES!

Since I've actually been staying down the past 3 days, the number of contractions I've had has gone way down. This is a nice change! Except, I'm not getting anything done. So starting Wednesday, Gabe’s next day off, we need to start moving. The nursery should actually be livable and it would be nice if we had some pictures on the walls.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Ultrasound / dr visit

We had an ultrasound and dr appt this week. The ultrasound shows the amniotic fluid up for both babies. Last check they were both 8-8 1/2, now she's at 10 and he's at 12. This was great news. They gave us new weights too, I believe this place is more accurate than the one from the hospital. This one shows her at 4lbs and him at 4lbs 3oz. Of course, this isn't an exact science but they were a little worried about their size. I'm not too worried, I've had several friends who were told their babies were too small and then when they were born a week later they were over 6 lbs. Of course, I'd like them to stay in at least 2 more weeks just to make sure:)

We were speaking to the dr this morning and she asked what I was wanting to do as far as the birth goes. I told her I would like to try a vaginal birth since both babies were head down. She then told us about several possible scenarios that would lead me to have one baby vaginally and then the second by c-section, which of course is not my idea of a good time.

Before, we had only considered that the 2nd baby could turn causing me to have to have c-section. But, she explained that after the first baby is delivered the 2nds cord could come out causing a loss of oxygen. Another problem, both placentas detaching before the 2nd baby is delivered. Now, I don't know if I'm still willing to try a vaginal birth, maybe I should just schedule a c-section. The dr wouldn't tell me which one she preferred but it was obvious she was leaning toward a planned c-section. My biggest problem w/ that is the recovery time, she said it can take 6-8 weeks to fully recover. So I would barely be healed when I had to return to work. But, just the thought of having to do both is scary!!!

I'm only on the medication to stop contractions for the next week, after that she said we'll just see what the twins want to do. That's scary, cause it is starting to get real and there is still a lot to do. The nursery is a mess after my last shower. We do not have any space left so there are just boxes laying around and the crib is full of gifts too?!The medication by the way makes me feel like a total crack head. Sometimes, I'm just sitting there shaking and I'm just spaced out? Plus, it doesn't stop ALL of the contractions, I was miserable last night.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Another trip to the hospital

I starting having contractions again last night, a bit stronger than before. So we went back to labor/delivery and they gave me a couple of shots to stop contractions. Luckily, they actually gave me a Rx to take at home to stop them too. the babies are doing good though, I don't realize how much they are moving until they hook me up to the monitor, they're crazy busy!!

Poor Gabe, it's his birthday today and he spent most of it sleeping since he worked last night and had to go back tonight. Then he spent his only awake time at the hospital, Starving! Hopefully I feel better tomorrow so I can grab him his gift really quick before his family comes over for pizza.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Final Baby Shower

My baby shower yesterday went great. My mother-in-law and sister in-law, and Maria did a great job. The food was really good! Now I can finally put everything in its place.

        This diaper cake was made by Gabe's cousin Cristal, SO CUTE

          Me and my Mommy

33 Weeks

I have been very tired the past two days. Since I haven't been following dr's orders much when it comes to staying in bed, Gabe has instructed me that I need to take the next few days off. He says we can finish more of the to do list on his off days. I have decided to listen to him because I'm exhausted. The contractions that I've been having for well over a month have gone from barely noticeable to disrupting my sleep and making it impossible to get comfortable. They are not particularly painful, but they are getting stronger. So today I'm going to try very hard not to go into the nursery looking for things to do or to start washing all of the baby stuff I received yesterday. I think the more I relax the fewer contractions I'm having.

Saturday, January 16, 2010


We had our Dr appt yesterday and she said the latest ultrasound was good. The fluid levels haven't gone down so we're good there. Also, babies are still using their lungs to do their practice breathing. We won't get to find out their growth until next week.

These kids move like crazy, especially little man. The ultrasound tech was trying really hard to get some blood flow measurements but he would not stay still. He kept rolling over and over. Both babies have decided to hang out on my right side which is becoming VERY uncomfortable. Feeling them move around like crazy makes me feel better though, as long as their active I figure they are pretty healthy.

Bed rest isn't really my thing and it's been hard to stay down, especially yesterday I probably over did it, but I feel like I have way too much to do. I feel guilty laying there and just giving Gabe a list of things to do so I'd rather do them myself. Although, he has been great with doing the everyday chores. I'm going to try and stay down more though, my hands and feet are gigantic. Seriously, marshmallow feet:(

I have my Barraza family baby shower today. I can't wait to be able to finish the nursery for real. Once I know what we have and what we need, and I can put everything in its place.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

32 Weeks and Bed rest

So we have been at the hospital most of this week. First we went in on Sunday because I was having some lower back pain and cramping, turns out I was having contractions. They gave me a couple of shots to stop them and sent me home after a couple of hours.

Monday was an ultrasound to check on the amniotic fluid levels, turns out they dropped by half since December. Dr sent us to the hospital. To try and bring up the numbers  they gave me fluids by IV and I soaked in a big tub. The whole time I was there I was having quite a few contractions, but luckily I only felt a few of them, which means they're not strong enough to cause any progression.
The next morning I soaked in the tub again before they gave me another ultrasound. The numbers only came up slightly. So we repeated the bath once more (for an hr and half) and have another ultrasound at 5pm. Numbers go up a little bit more and dr says I can go home, but I will remain on bed rest until the twins arrive.

BUMMER! I really did not want to go on bedrest so I could spend all of my time off with the babies when they arrive. But, if bed rest is what I need to ensure they stay where they are for a few more weeks then that's what I have to do.

So we were finally released last night at 11pm! Turns out the ultrasound tech messed things up twice on Tuesday. Orginally when we went in for the 2nd ultrasound at the hospital she was only supposed to check the fluid levels and send us right back down and put the results request in STAT. She did not, she was bored apparently and checked their measurments too, which took almost an hour. Then she sent the results request off as routine. So instead of us getting results by 7 so we could go home by 8, we didn't get results until 10 pm leaving us there until 11. Gabe and I were both going stir crazy. My legs were so tired of laying in that bed they just started jumping and shaking for no reason, weird!

One thing we did learn since she took their measurements is that baby girl is approx 4 lbs 6 oz and baby boy is 4 lbs 3 oz. But those results may be backward, because the nurse said she was refering to the babies backwards?! But, that does mean they've each gone from the 3 lb range to the 4 lb range in the last 9 days which is great, just incase they do come early. AND, both babies are using their lungs, doing "practice breathing" which is also great, becaues the lungs are the last thing to develop and we need them to be done cooking in case they arrive early:)

Anyway, now I am to stay in bed all day, soak in the tub daily and drink at least a gallon of water daily. We go back for another ultrasound tomorrow and will see Dr on Friday to see the results.

This picture blows because I am SO swollen from all of the fluids they were giving me. I weighed myself when we got home last night and I was up 13 lbs over 2 days. Thankfully, by this morning 6 lbs were already gone.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

31 Weeks

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year! I had a great time, with my family and with my inlaws where we played kick ball ( I just watched of course). At my families we had a bake off, where the winner may or may not have cheated;)   And on New Years we made it to 11:30, so close!

In baby news, we are moving along quickly, 6 weeks to go!!! Yesterday morning I had the nursey looking so cute. Then a good friend of mine came over and dropped off all kinds of baby gear. Of course it was all much appreciated but now the room looks like a disaster again. We have decided we cannot accept any more clothes from people, again, we appreciate all of it, but with one more baby shower left we are already running out of space. Luckily a lot of the clothes she gave us for the little lady can't be worn until she's at least a year old, so we can store it all in the attic for now. She also gave us a play pen, bouncer, and two carseats- one infant and a larger one. We went to babies r us a couple days ago and they had the cutest clothes but we felt like we couldn't buy anything since we already had so much at home. Ya, sounds rough doesn't it?

I had a dream the other night, it was the first one I had that included two babies. At first they were both boys, then one huge baby boy and a tiny little girl?? They both had very thin blonde hair too, which is the opposite of what Gabe sees them as. So we'll see what they end up looking like very soon, can't wait! Ultrasound tomorrow, yay!